Mary J. Blige and “Ugly Betty” co-creator Silvio Horta are bringing the story of dancing queen Laurieann Gibson to the small screen — or at least a story inspired by her life.
Fox has given a script plus penalty commitment to “MOVE,” a one-hour dramedy about an accomplished choreographer, not unlike Gibson.
Here’s the project’s official logline: Inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson, “MOVE” is a music-fueled dramedy that follows an accomplished choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, sets her sights on creating a flawless tour for a diva pop singer. To get the coveted gig, though, she’ll have to fend off competition from her arch rival…who happens to be her former assistant. At the same time, she must act as mother hen to her talented, but often difficult, team of dancers who depend on her.
“MOVE” is written and executive produced by Horta, who would act as showrunner if it’s picked up to series, with Blige, Gibson, Gail Berman, and Joe Earley also executive producing. The drama hails from The Jackal Group.
Gibson has choreographed dance numbers for artists like Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. She also counts music videos like “Judas”, “You and I” and “Love to My Cobain” in her directing credits.
Blige is repped by APA and Grubman Shire & Meiselas. Horta is repped by WME.